This freewheeling, time-travelling epic directed by Australian filmmaker Russell Mulcahy was a modest success on its initial release but has developed into a cult favourite packed with quotable lines, and punctuated with stylish sword-fighting and a rousing soundtrack by Queen.
Its interweaving storyline flits from New York of the 1980s to World War II but has its dramatic origins in the 16th century Scottish Highlands where Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) first discovers he is not like other men. After engaging in a battle with a rival clan, he is stabbed by a strange mercenary fighter called The Kurgan (Clancy Brown) but finds that he cannot die. Befriended and trained by the foppish yet skilful Juan Sanchez Villa- Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery), he finds out he is part of a group of immortals who must fight until there is only one left alive.
This screening of Highlander coincides with the film’s 30th anniversary, celebrating one of the great action-fantasy romps of the 1980s.